Muskegon Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter ants are a destructive pest that can cost homeowners a great deal of money. They may not be as destructive as termites, but a carpenter ant infestation still poses a significant threat to structures. Terminix will quickly locate the colony and remove the insects for good.
Carpenter ants have very large mandibles. They defend themselves by latching onto enemies with the mandibles and spraying them with formic acid. These ants will bite when provoked, but their bites are harmless to humans. Adults are black, brown, or red and can be up to an inch long. The black carpenter ant is the most common variant in the eastern United States. Carpenter ant queens can live to be 25 years old.
What do Carpenter Ants feed on?
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not actually feed on wood. They eat plants, fruit, meat, other insects, and sugary substances like honey and syrup. However, they still destroy structures by hollowing out wood for their nests. As these nests expand into the wood, the building's structural integrity is weakened.
Spotting a colony early is the best way to avoid the damage caused by carpenter ants. One of the most common signs of an infestation is frass. Frass is the wood shavings discarded by carpenter ants and other wood-boring insects as they build their homes. The mere presence of carpenter ants is not a sure sign of an infestation. Workers often forage long distances from their colony. On the other hand, if a winged carpenter ant is found in the home, an infestation is likely.
Over time, carpenter ants can wreak havoc on a building. If you think that these insects are present on your property, call Terminix for a free quote. Our service professionals will diagnose and solve your problem in no time.